How to Setup Apple Watch in 8 Simple Steps [Guide]

To help users get started with their new Apple Watch quickly, Apple has published a simple 8 step guide that should make things a whole lot easier for all first time Apple Watch users. But before proceeding, Apple says that make sure your Apple Watch is being paired with an iPhone running iOS 8.2 or later, both devices are charged and kept close to each other, and the iPhone is connected to WiFi or a cellular network.

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Step 1:

Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone and tap a language on your Apple Watch. To scroll through the list, rotate the Digital Crown or simply swipe the screen.

Step 2:

Pair your devices by tapping ‘Start Pairing’ on your Apple Watch and again on your iPhone. A pairing animation should appear on your Apple Watch.

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Step 3:

Hold your iPhone over the pairing animation on your Apple Watch, centring the watch face in the onscreen viewfinder on your iPhone until a message says ‘Your Apple Watch is Paired’. Or you can also follow these steps to pair your devices manually.

Step 4:

Now pick a wrist by tapping Left or Right on your iPhone. Then read terms and conditions and tap Agree to continue.

Step 5:

Sign in with your Apple ID password to enjoy features like Digital Touch, Apple Pay and Handoff.

Step 6:

Review your settings as your iPhone settings for Usage and Diagnostics, Location Services, and Siri will transfer to your Apple Watch, and then the other way around.

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Step 7:

On your iPhone, choose whether to make a passcode for your Apple Watch. You’ll need a Passcode for features like Apple Pay.

If you tap Create a Passcode or Add a Long Passcode on your iPhone, you’ll be asked to make a personal code using your Apple Watch. Then decide whether your Apple Watch will unlock with your iPhone.

Step 8:

Lastly, sync your apps. Tap ‘Install All’ to sync all iPhone apps that work with Apple Watch. Tap Choose Later to sync only basic information like Mail, Contacts, and Messages.

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Once the sync is completed between the two devices, you will hear a chime and feel a gentle tapping sensation from your Apple Watch.

That’s it, enjoy your brand new Apple Watch. In case you have issues with getting notifications seamlessly on our Apple Watch, simply follow our guide to fixing Apple Watch notifications. Below is a a video embed for the video guide:

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  • matt

    Does Bluetooth need to be on all the time?

    What happens if you just pair it manually?

  • Bluetooth is required when you’re out of your home Wi-Fi. I can respond to Messages at home with BT turned off on my iPhone from Apple Watch.

    Haven’t tried manual pairing yet.

  • matt

    I think I’ll just leave BT on…..it would be a hassle to turn it on every time I leave the house

    Battery life on my 6 plus is still fantastic with BT on all the time

    I just want to know if its needed for manual pairing

  • Jess

    how to find ‘Start Pairing’ button on Apple Watch? Dozens of how-to pair instructions online, but they all assume this button just appears?!?!